Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Bay Buzz

The Staff of the Tampa Bay Times

Bittel won’t resign committeeman post until Dec. 10, after new Democratic chair election

Bittel won’t resign committeeman post until Dec. 10, after new Democratic chair election

Ousted Florida Democratic Party Chairman Stephen Bittel plans to give up his post as Miami-Dade County’s state committeeman -- but not until after his successor atop the state party is elected.Juan Cuba, chairman of the Miami-Dade Democratic Ex...
Updated: 9 hours ago
Bipartisan outrage over Trump administration’s decision on Haitians

Bipartisan outrage over Trump administration’s decision on Haitians

Recriminations continued Tuesday over the Trump administration's plan to send Haitians home in 2019, a decision that brought rare bipartisan objections from Florida lawmakers."These individuals experienced severe loss and suffering as a result of the...
Updated: 12 hours ago
Philip Levine unveils another TV ad, this one in Spanish and on Puerto Rico

Philip Levine unveils another TV ad, this one in Spanish and on Puerto Rico

Another week, another ad for Philip Levine  — this time on helping Puerto Rico recover from Hurricane Maria.The bilingual ad for the 2018 candidate for Florida governor features bits of his campaign launch speech in which he noted he deliv...
Published: 11/21/17
Florida Democratic president resigns

Florida Democratic president resigns

The crisis at the top of the Florida Democratic Party continued Monday with the resignation of Sally Boynton Brown, the party's president and chief administrator.Her exit followed last week's decision by chairman Stephen Bittel to quit...
Published: 11/20/17
A lawyer for the nursing home that overheated after Irma sent a letter to Congress. Here are 3 eye-grabbing quotes.

A lawyer for the nursing home that overheated after Irma sent a letter to Congress. Here are 3 eye-grabbing quotes.

A lawyer for the Hollywood Hills nursing home that saw 14 of its patients die in the aftermath of Hurricane Irma sent a letter to congressional officials Monday that pushed back on allegations that officials with the home are to blame for the deaths....
Published: 11/20/17
Gwen Graham takes firm stance on Medicaid expansion

Gwen Graham takes firm stance on Medicaid expansion

Democratic gubernatorial candidate Gwen Graham drew a line in the sand on Medicaid expansion Monday.The Democratic candidate for governor said she would veto Republican legislative priorities if lawmakers refused to work with her to expand the h...
Published: 11/20/17
Virginia deputy reassigned after going to party in blackface as Frederica Wilson

Virginia deputy reassigned after going to party in blackface as Frederica Wilson

POQUOSON, Va. (AP) — A white Virginia sheriff's deputy has been reassigned after attending a Halloween party in blackface.The Washington Post reports Deputy Jean Browning, a 20-year veteran of the York-Poquoson Sheriff's Office in southeast Vir...
Published: 11/20/17
Florida let hepatitis C go untreated in prisons. Now it may cost taxpayers millions.

Florida let hepatitis C go untreated in prisons. Now it may cost taxpayers millions.

The state of Florida may have to pay hundreds of millions of dollars in treatment costs to as many as 20,000 sick inmates after a federal judge ruled Friday that prison officials had failed to properly care for felons infected with the hepatitis C vi...
Published: 11/20/17
Adam Putnam, Dennis Ross blast lack of citrus aid

Adam Putnam, Dennis Ross blast lack of citrus aid

Florida Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam and Congressman Dennis Ross on Friday criticized a lack of funding for the state's storm-ravaged citrus industry in the latest disaster-relief package proposed by the White House.Putnam said a $44 billion ...
Published: 11/20/17
Florida Democratic chairman resigns over allegations of being creepy

Florida Democratic chairman resigns over allegations of being creepy

Stephen Bittel's rocky tenure as Florida Democratic Party chairman ended in disgrace Friday after he resigned following accusations from women that he leered at them, made suggestive comments and created an unprofessional work environment.Bittel...
Published: 11/17/17
Updated: 11/18/17